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Georgian card table – £3500 at Chorley’s.

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However, an above-average example can bring much more as underlined by the performance of this fine Adam period satinwood table offered by Chorley’s (22.5% buyer’s premium) Prinknash Abbey rooms on March 17.

One of a number of consignments from local country house attics and storerooms, it was finely inlaid to the 3ft 4in (1.02m) wide, demi-lune foldover top with a central fan-shaped patera and a surround of arabesque.

There were some condition problems, including a crack to the top, lifting inlays to the top and frieze and some missing box and ebony stringing.

However, it exuded sufficient elegance and quality to bring £3500 (estimate £1000-1500) from a UK dealer.